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Space station cargo craft undocks

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Space station cargo craft undocks to test automated rendezvous system

An unpiloted Russian Progress cargo ship left the International Space Station for a two-day test on an upgraded automated rendezvous system. After undocking from the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module April 23, the craft will travel more than 300 miles from the orbital complex. On its return to the station, the Progress will test its Kurs rendezvous hardware, which will be incorporated into Progress cargo vehicles currently under development. The Progress is scheduled to redock to Zvezda on April 25.

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Russian Space Freighter Completes Tests, Redocks to Zvezda

The ISS Progress 53 resupply ship redocked to the International Space Station’s Zvezda service module Friday at 8:13 a.m. EDT after a 48-hour venture away from the complex to enable Russian flight controllers to test its upgraded Kurs automated rendezvous system.

The Progress moved to about 300 miles away from the station before beginning its return to the complex early Friday. It undocked from Zvezda early Wednesday morning.

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Space station cargo craft completes test of automated rendezvous system

An unpiloted Russian Progress cargo ship re-docked the International Space Station's Zvezda Service Module after completing a two-day test of an upgraded automated rendezvous system on the Progress. The Kurs rendezvous hardware will be incorporated into Progress cargo vehicles currently under development.

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Space Freighter Redocks after Tests, Set for Tuesday Reboost

The ISS Progress 53 space freighter redocked to the Zvezda service module at 8:13 a.m. EDT Friday after two days of tests of its upgraded Kurs automated rendezvous system.The Expedition 39 crew now focuses its attention on a reboost to raise the International Space Station’s orbit.

The hatches to the Russian cargo craft were opened a few hours after the redocking and will remain open until the resupply vehicle is prepared for a final undocking June 9 and its deorbit to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.

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